Frank Lloyd Wright once said that “Space is the breath of art,” and I believe he was implying that space is the one component that is found throughout all mediums of visual art. Space is particularly crucial for sculptors as it helps our audience perceive and interpret our ideas within our actual, physical environment. Even within the act of mold making and casting, we are using negative and positive space to transform, manipulate, and create.
The eight coke bins on the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark site are points of rich history and tell a city’s story of production and expansion. These structures, that once held a valuable resource and were built from the ready-mixed concrete made with furnace slag, are now deserted. However, just as Sloss was so good at recycling as much material as they could while in production, we now have an opportunity to utilize these same spaces to tell a narrative of the history of this site and its prospects.
Although we cannot physically manipulate these coke bins at their actual location at this time, we can, however, adapt our ideas to another space; a virtual space. For this online installation/video exhibition, I have selected eight works that reimagine the space around them to construct an atypical scene or atmosphere. These artists are “re-sculpting” their viewer’s experience by fully engaging them within the work. Because these works are inaccessible to us at this time, their strong documentation successfully guide our imagination into their experiences.